30 Minute Methods – TDTU, Vietnam

30 minute methods’ seminar series [online in November] in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanites, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam.


1. Tuesday November 16, 2021, at 4pm HCMC 

Prof Paolo Favero, Uni Antwerp, Belgium: 

‘Expanded Ethnography: technologies and the senses’

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2. Tues November 23, 2021, at 4pm HCMC. 

Dr Ken Fero, Regents University, London:

‘Documentary as memory when dealing with national trauma through state violence

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3. Tues November 30, 2021, at 4pm HCMC.

Dr Jack Boulton, Leuven Uni, Belgium: 

‘TV, film and literature sci-fi as part of the new literary turn in anthropology’

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Seminars via Zoom (email Johnhutnyk@tdtu.edu.vn for the link) all held at 4pm Ho Chi Minh City time – that’s 2.30pm in Kolkata, 9pm in Melbourne, 10am in Western Europe, 9am on Airstrip one, 4am in NYC (sozz).

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  1. I set the task of doing a ‘cultural audit’ of an organisation for my popular culture module. One student wanted to audit an outfit that promotes traditional fashion by doing a quantative survey. We have been discussing how surveys might not be best suited as research for some things – maybe something more in line with their practice. they promote traditional dress. Maybe my advice is a bit … Well, ok… The topic is fine, the background interesting and unique. But as they support traditional fashion etc, do they have a lot of events – you said they do organise exhibitions – when? – as always, for us, the issue will be how to get to know their ways of working. From the inside, so to speak, to do an audit. I am not sure a survey ever tells much that is really insightful, certainlty not that gets behind the stock responses. Can you adopt some more creative ways of doing research, relevant to the material – such as, I dunno, dressing up and confronting the workers there – ‘fancy dresss’ as a research strategy: you take on the persona of traditional Vietnamese and imagine you are doing a report on how the past is being presented today (you have time-travelled from the past to now and you tell them that you will report back to 1718 and the Nguyen kings). How much fun that would be – can you do intereviews in traditional costume, and document that with photos or film? I mean, do we care so much about quantitative studies when something else could get more honest and interesting insights? Consider it. Take a risk. Maybe its ‘just’ art and a waste of some time, but you choose your time on this or on surveys – one you already can do or have done several times, the other has the potential to really chanllenge the normal ways of doing things. Maybe I am just typing out craziness, but why not, I ask, why not?

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